Rep. Westmoreland: Emails Show Effort to Maintain Benghazi Narrative

Thursday, 01 May 2014 05:35 PM

By Courtney Coren

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
The Benghazi emails show that then-U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice was sent on the Sunday morning talk shows to mislead the American people and to uphold President Barack Obama's narrative on al-Qaida, says Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, a subcommittee chairman on the House Intelligence Committee.

And the argument that White House press secretary Jay Carney tried to make Wednesday that the emails were about other demonstrations in the Muslim world simply don't ring true, Westmoreland told J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV.

"You've got Ms. Rice going on all the Sunday news talk shows and you just had four Americans get killed in an attack on the temporary mission facility in Benghazi, you've had the CIA annex attack, and you think she's going to go in there and be asked a question about what went on in Egypt?" he said Thursday.

"Give me a break ... Benghazi was going to be the focus and that's the reason to me they gave her those talking points, so she could mislead the American people," the Georgia Republican said.

Story continues below video.

Westmoreland doesn't believe the White House culprit was Matt Rhodes, a national security speechwriter for Obama who was part of the email chain to Susan Rice. But it does allude to "a putting together of how they can mold those talking points to fit what the president's statement had been about al-Qaida" during the 2012 presidential campaign.

Still, Westmoreland believes "more information about these emails" is needed, but he is hesitant about House Speaker John Boehner's decision to form a select committee to investigate the terrorist attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012.

But, Westmoreland said, he will work with the committee and provide the background work and any documentation it needs.

"We know exactly what happened. It's getting the proof to prove what happened [that] has been the biggest undertaking," he added.

An email was obtained by Judicial Watch, a government watchdog group, through a Freedom of Information Act request, which showed that Rhodes had recommended that Rice "underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and a not a broader failure of policy" when she went on the Sunday morning talk shows following the Benghazi attack, which killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Fox News Blocked From Dish Network

Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 15:20 PM

Dish Network subscribers were unable to watch Fox News Channel and the Fox Business Network on Sunday when the channels  . . .

Rep. Erik Paulsen: Obamacare About to Hit Every American

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 18:41 PM

Minnesota Rep. Erik Paulsen says that every American is about to feel the effects of Obamacare when tax season hits in 2 . . .

FALN Victim's Son: Return 2 Cop Killers Living in Cuba to US

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 17:45 PM

Two cop killers brazenly living in Cuba must be returned to the United States now that new diplomatic relations have bee . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved